The best 102 podcasts from a larger group of 182 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months. A collection of over 9000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here, but you will be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take awhile. The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching. All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in three free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly. Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 280 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.
Abortion Law 42 mins – “The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided yesterday when it took up what many call the most important abortion case in years. At issue in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt: whether regulations on abortion providers in Texas impose an “undue burden” on a woman’s constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. The outcome is far from clear. The death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who was a critic of the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion, shifts the balance of power on the court, and thrusts Justice Kennedy into the spotlight. Kennedy is the presumed swing vote in the case, which could end in a 4-4 tie. Both sides say the decision could have far-reaching consequences. The Supreme Court and a critical moment for the debate over abortion access in the U.S.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Abortion Law 46 mins – “Texas passed a law it says was for women’s health and half the state’s abortion clinics closed. Abortions rights supporters say that was the whole point – laws so burdensome that a lot of abortion and clinics would go away. Now, it’s before the Supreme Court. The biggest abortion decision in decades. And the court is down a judge. Yesterday it heard the arguments. This hour On Point, high stakes as the court, without Justice Antonin Scalia, takes on abortion – and a lot more.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Downton Abbey 46 mins – “’Downton Abbey.” Who would have thought that in 21st century America a show on British aristocracy and servants in 1910s-and-twenties England would be a super hit? And yet it has been. From the sinking of the Titanic to the distant gore of World War I to the unraveling of grand old ways and certainties, millions of Americans have piled in for the ride. Now it’s ending. This hour On Point, lords and ladies, class and change, and what lingers from “Downton Abbey.‘” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
ADHD Diagnosis 24 mins “While ADHD has long been portrayed as a disorder afflicting hyperactive boys who have trouble sitting still, doctors are learning more about the way it manifests in females — and why so many girls and women with the disorder go undiagnosed.” At the link find the title, “ADHD in girls often misdiagnosed, leading to mental health issues in adulthood – March 1, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160301_35743.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Airbnb 26 mins – “It’s estimated that one-third of short-term rentals in Vancouver are using properties that once might have been used for traditional renters. With a vacancy rate at below one per cent, residents are concerned the city is becoming a town only for tourists.” At the link find the title, “Impact Vancouver Airbnb listings increase as rental vacancies fall below 1 per cent – March 2, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160302_72197.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Apple vs FBI 57 mins – “Following the San Bernadino shooting, the FBI has scrambled to learn as much about the crime as possible. But Apple’s refusal to help the bureau unlock one of the shooter’s iPhones has stoked the national conversation about the role that tech companies play in national security, and the boundaries of how far law enforcement can probe.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Mysteries 47 mins – “The Magic Shop of the Brain: Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining. The backstory of James Doty’s passions is told in his memoir, Into the Magic Shop. In the summer of 1968, in the throes of a hardscrabble, perilous childhood, he wandered into a magic shop and met a woman named Ruth who taught him what she called “another kind of magic” that freed him from being a victim of the circumstances of his life, and that he now investigates through science.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain’s Lymphatic System 18 mins – “…there they were… Lymphatic vessels reaching up into the head and arcing around the brain. In this special Overdose Edition of Smart Drug Smarts, hear Professor Kipnis’ insights on his team’s discovery, its implications for brain health and conditions it might yield new treatments for, and promising avenues for further research.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Breakdown Podcast 32 mins – “Bremen, Ga., is a railroad crossroads – a pass-through city where what’s arriving generally is also what’s departing. It’s also where Justin Chapman was accused of burning his own house and killing his elderly neighbor in the process. Chapman is now serving life in prison, but an impressive legal team has formed, free of charge, to win his freedom. Why? They’re convinced he didn’t do it. Whether guilty or not, one thing is clear: Chapman did not receive a fair trial. In this first season of Breakdown, senior legal affairs writer Bill Rankin goes deep inside the Chapman case, exploring where the criminal justice system broke down. You can listen to the Breakdown podcast below, or at www.ajcbreakdown.com, where you’ll find photos, articles, videos and documents relating to the Chapman case.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
C-Span Founder 16 mins – “It was October, 1980 when CSPAN founder Brian Lamb, who was working out of the Press Club’s first broadcast studio, took a call on the air from a viewer in Yankton, SD. That was the beginning of the first national regularly scheduled call in show in television broadcasting history. In this edition of Update-1, Lamb talks about that event and CSPAN’s involvement with the Press Club over the years with former NPC President Mark Hamrick, now the chairman of the Broadcast Committee. Lamb also talks about how the common practice of cord cutting has had only a minimal impact on CSPAN.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Car Company Disrupter 51 mins – “Entrepreneur Minnie Ingersoll talks about how a computer-science degree, an MBA and 11 years at Google prepared her to co-found the online auto marketplace Shift. Calling her startup “a car company with Google DNA,” Ingersoll offers insights on opportunity recognition, product management, career-life balance and the importance of traits like humility and patience.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Charles Mingus 48 mins – “Jazz great Charles Mingus played every kind of jazz and with almost everybody. Big band, hard bop, bebop, Third Stream, free jazz. With Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Charlie Parker, on and on. He was a great bassist, composer, band leader – but above all, Mingus exploded the emotional language of jazz. This hour On Point, the singular life and sound of Charlie Mingus.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Citizenship for Sale 21 mins – “Most of us don’t think of citizenship as a product. It’s something more: It’s part of who you are. On today’s show, we look at what happens when citizenship goes up for sale.” At the link find the title, “#687: Buy This Passport,” right-click “Media files 20160302 pmoney pmoneypodc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cold Cases 24 mins – “In the summer of ’72, Adrien McNaughton disappeared without a trace. All these years later, journalist David Ridgen returns to his home town in an effort to crack what is now a cold case in a serialized CBC podcast called Someone Knows Something.” At the lfind the title, “CBC podcast investigates Adrien McNaughton cold case – March 2, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160302_56875.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Concorde Jet 53 mins – “Why did supersonic passenger flight end when Concorde retired in 2003? Could we still see a new generation of supersonic aircraft? Is supersonic travel a concept that’s had its day, or will we see a new generation following on from Concorde and its Russian counterpart? To explore this question, Ian Sample is joined in the studio by Jonathan Glancey, author of Concorde – The Rise and Fall of the Supersonic Airliner.” At the link right-click ”Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Conflict Zone Reporting 16 mins – “The Middle East is becoming increasingly dangerous for journalists, and in this edition of Update-1 we hear from a correspondent who risks her life to tell stories from that region. Kathy Gannon has been covering Afghanistan and Pakistan for The Associated Press for nearly 30 years and was severely wounded last year when an Afghan police officer opened fire on her vehicle. Her colleague, AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, was killed in that incident. Gannon describes how threats to journalists in the Middle East are changing, her methods for mitigating danger, and why she plans to return to work even after that deadly attack. National Press Club member Violet Ikonomova hosts.
Criminal Podcast 25 mins – “Criminal is a podcast about crime.tories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. The show’s producers are full-time radio people, but Criminal is what we do when we go home at night. Created by Phoebe Judge, Eric Mennel and Lauren Spohrer, we released our first episode January 2014. In January 2015, we joined Radiotopia.” The lastest (thirty-eighth) episode is about an 1800’s poisoner: “Jane Toppan was born in Massachusetts in 1857. She attended the Cambridge Nursing School, and established a successful private nursing career in Boston. Said to be cheerful, funny and excellent with her patients, nothing about “Jolly Jane” suggested she could be “the most notorious woman poisoner of modern times.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Criminal Trial Procedures 60 mins – “This week, we’re going inside the courtroom to try and understand how evidence and witness testimony is presented, and how courtroom strategy can affect a trial’s outcome. We spend the hour with Colin Miller, a Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, creator of the EvidenceProf Blog, and a co-host of the Undisclosed Podcast.” At the link find the title, “#359 In The Courtroom,” right-click “Media files Science_for_the_People_359_In_The_Courtroom.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dept of Defense 63 mins – “Dr. Ashton B. Carter, 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense Remarks followed by conversation with Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club How does the U.S. plan to combat ISIS? How will we know if we are succeeding? What is our future role in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan? How should we be approaching Russia—as a threat or an ally, or both? Why did the U.S. finally just decide to admit women to combat roles in our armed forces? Is North Korea in a new round of nuclear weapons development, and how should the U.S. respond? Is the U.S. defense budget too large or too small? Will we need to spend more or less in the future, and on what kinds of technology? How can “soft power” help to further U.S. security goals? Do we need more nuclear weapons, or fewer, or to improve and update those we have? Where are the future hotspots that could threaten U.S. and global security? How is the Pentagon dealing with climate change? What countries are the closest allies and collaborators for the U.S.? Here’s a rare chance to hear first-hand from the U.S. secretary of defense on these and many other topics….Secretary Carter is author or co-author of 11 books and more than 100 articles on physics, technology, national security and management….” At the link right “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doctoral Dilemma 6 mins – “On this bonus episode of The Remix, Dr. James Peterson considers an unexpected “doctoral dilemma.” When we originally started this program, I used the tag line “Dr. James Peterson” and we had conversations with my producer and other folks here at WHYY about changing that to “James Peterson” or “James Braxton Peterson.” At the time, I was wrestling with the tensions around using certain titles at certain times in certain contexts.” At the link find the title, “A personal take on the debate over referring to Ph.D.s as ‘doctor’,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Downton Abbey 43 mins – “Six years ago, “Downton Abbey” became a surprise hit not only in Britain and the United States, but around the world. The upstairs-downstairs drama followed the exploits of the Crawley family and their butlers, ladies’ maids and footmen. One of the most watched programs in PBS history, the show drew viewers in with lavish costumes, scandalous love affairs and the dry wit of Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess. Story lines probed the turbulent era between the two world wars in Britain, when the aristocracy lost power and social norms shifted dramatically. The last episode airs Sunday, March 6 on Masterpiece on PBS at 9p.m. ET. As the series comes to an end, we look back at the appeal of “Downton Abbey” and the history that inspired it.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog
Downton Abbey 46 mins – “’Downton Abbey.‘ Who would have thought that in 21st century America a show on British aristocracy and servants in 1910s-and-twenties England would be a super hit? And yet it has been. From the sinking of the Titanic to the distant gore of World War I to the unraveling of grand old ways and certainties, millions of Americans have piled in for the ride. Now it’s ending. This hour On Point, lords and ladies, class and change, and what lingers from ‘Downton Abbey.‘” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Empathy 12 mins – “You’ve made it to Day 3 of our Listen Up! bootcamp week. Thanks for sticking with us. If you’re here for the first time, it’s not too late. Here’s how to participate. The Challenge: Take three minutes of silence by yourself. Do it before before you head off to work, or before an important conversation. Tune in to your breathing or the layers of sound you hear, like the drip of the coffee maker, or the traffic outside. Silence gives your ears and your mind a chance to recalibrate. So often we scramble to fill up that space with something, anything. But the best listeners know when others just need to be heard. It’s something Ken Feinberg relies on to do his job. He’s the lawyer and mediator who oversaw the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. He had a similar role after the massacre at Virginia Tech, the Sandy Hook shootings, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Feinberg has listened to countless stories from victims’ families — stories full of grief, anger, resentment — and then has the difficult task of having to put a dollar amount on that loss. After one exchange with a man who had lost a son during 9/11, Feinberg learned an important lesson: “Without thinking, I said to this man, ‘Mr. Jones, This is just terrible. I know how you feel.’ He looked at me, tears coming down his cheeks. He said, ‘Mr. Feinberg, you have a tough job. But I have some friendly advice. Don’t tell anybody like me that you know how I feel. Mr. Feinberg, you have no idea how I feel.'” Truly empathetic listening, Feinberg says, is not just about saying the right thing, but knowing when the other person just needs to be heard. And one thing that helps give people an empathetic ear? A little solitude. “I think contemplation and silence while you sort out life’s dilemmas is a positive. It certainly is for me,” Feinberg says. So take a breather. Even better take a few. The more often the better. How hard is it to find your three minutes? Where does your mind go during that time? And most important: does taking three minutes help you in the conversations you’re having today?….” At the link find the title, “Listen Up! Day 3: Take a Breather,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman111815_cms550589_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Shock 60 mins – “British & American scientists, including Joshua Elliot from Chicago, warn climate could bring “food shock” by hitting key crop areas. Will famine return? Maria Gillardin hosts reports from nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen from Fukushima Japan, site of world’s worst nuclear accident.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Freelancers Increase 16 mins – “There are currently an estimated 53-million freelance workers in the United States, making up about one-third of the total workforce. By 2020 freelancers are expected to account for about half of the U.S. workforce. Why the surge in freelance workers? And what are some recommendations for full-time workers who want to become freelancers? In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Ufuoma Otu talks to National Press Club member Tam Harbert, the chair of the Freelance Committee, about the challenges freelance journalists face and what makes a freelancer successful.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gaia Philosophy 51 mins – “’Why is the world so beautiful?” — this is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes, “Science polishes the gift of seeing, indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language.” An expert in moss — a bryologist — she describes mosses as the “coral reefs of the forest.” Her work opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as “inanimate.” She says that as our knowledge about plant life unfolds, human vocabulary and imaginations must adapt.” At the link highlight the first entry under the sound bar, click the down-pointing arrow and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.
General Custer Book 65 mins – “T. J. Stiles, Author, Custer’s Trials This program is part of the Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. In his biography of George Armstrong Custer, T. J. Stiles—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award—demolishes Custer’s historical caricature by focusing on how he lived, rather than how he died. A celebrity at 23, controversial at 26, Custer immersed himself in the making of the modern United States—as a professional soldier, politician, popular writer, outdoorsman, and financier—yet he could never adapt to the times he helped to create. Stiles paints an intimate portrait of a volatile public figure, highlighting the women who surrounded him, as he finds surprising new significance in a life that stretched from West Point to Wall Street to the Western frontier.” At the link right “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Genetic Heritage 12 mins – “What can modern medicine learn from the people with the most diverse DNA on the planet? Only by working with the San desert communities in southern Africa can geneticists trace the deepest roots of the human family tree. In a world first, Prof Vanessa Hayes is searching for the origins of modern society – the DNA evidence of when hunter-gatherers became farmers. Mark Horstman joins her on a unique road trip through exotic Namibia, in a quest with far-reaching implications for everyone. As Vanessa reveals the bedrock of human genetic diversity, her work exposes some startling truths about racial inequality in modern medicine.” At the link right-click “MP4” beside “Download video:” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Genocide Persists 54 mins – “Rebecca Tinsley, Human Rights Activist; Author Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council—Moderator Tinsley, who graduated with a law degree from the London School of Economics and was a political reporter for the BBC will primarily discuss the work of Waging for Peace, a project she started after visiting a Darfur refugee camp at the height of the killing there. She collects evidence of human rights abuses and helps Sudanese dissidents who wish to claim asylum. Tinsley also started Network for Africa to help survivors of genocide and former child soldiers rebuild their lives. In recognition of her work, President and Mrs. Carter invited Tinsley and her husband Henry, to start the Carter Center in Europe.” At the link right “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
George Schlatter 65 mins – “Gilbert and Frank put in a call to one of their favorite showbiz raconteurs, legendary producer and “Laugh-In” creator George Schlatter, who shares his memories of working with everyone from Dino to Groucho as well as creating the short-lived fiasco “Turn-On.” Also, George praises Jack Benny, parties with Ol’ Blue Eyes, remembers Redd Foxx and (inadvertently) helps get Richard Nixon elected. PLUS: Herkie Styles! Digby Wolfe! The brilliance of Arte Johnson! The madness of Shecky Greene! And the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate!” At the link find the title, “#92…,” right-click beside “Enclosure:…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Grazing Rights in US 27 mins – “It’s high noon in the American high desert, and the cowboys are gearing up for the fight of their lives. The armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in the far western state of Oregon has highlighted a long and deepening land dispute between rural communities and the federal government in Washington DC, which owns vast tracts of isolated and scenic territory. Ranchers and farmers say the land should be kept available for their cattle to graze; they say their historic way of life will be doomed otherwise. But other Americans, especially those in cities, want to see federal land conserved and protected from overuse. For Assignment, Neal Razzell travels to Oregon to see how these differences are fuelling a cultural battle over what it means to be American.” At the link find the title, “America’s Angry Cowboys,” right-click “Media files p03l9mfj.mp3” and select “Save Li9nk As” from the pop-up menu.
Guaranteed Minimum Income 6 mins – “The idea that every Canadian could have a guaranteed minimum level of income — whether they have a job or not — is on the table.” At the link find the title, “Liberal MP pushes for government to study guaranteed minimum income – Feb, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160225_73257.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Guatemala War Crimes 24 mins – “What happened in a Guatemalan courtroom last week marks the first time sexual assault as a war crime has been prosecuted by a domestic court. Today, we look at the story of the Sepur Zarco military base and justice for women after 34 years.” At the link find the title, “Guatemala verdict sets precedent for sexual assault as war crime – March 3, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160303_78230.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Herpes Virus Discussion 112 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler with guest: Scott Tibbetts. Scott Tibbetts joins the TWiVists to describe his work on the role of a herpesviral nocoding RNA in establishment of peripheral latency, and then we visit two last minute additions to the Zika virus literature.” At the link right-click “Download TWiV 379” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Homeopathy 25 mins – “As Health Canada moves closer to a deadline forcing changes in labeling certain homeopathic remedies directed at children, The Current looks at the rift between trust and science in treatment.” At the link find the title, “Homeopaths and skeptics battle new Health Canada labeling policy – Feb, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160229_90915.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Human Modifications 50 mins – “Do we have the technology? According to science writer and recent book author Kara Platoni, the answer is yes, we most certainly do have the technology. In Episode #117, Jesse speaks with Platoni as she describes her year-long sabbatical traveling the Western World (and making Skype calls to pretty much everyplace else) to chase down over 100 interviews with biohackers of all sorts, learning where the cutting edge lies — sometimes literally — in applying technology to the extension of human perceptual abilities. The result of these interviews and more than a few “biohacker ride-alongs” that Platoni participated in is her book We Have the Technology, published in December of 2015.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up enu.
Humboldt Biography 52 mins – “Tuesday, we’re telling the story of the incredible life and work of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. At the turn of the 19th century, Humboldt trekked across Latin America, exploring rain forests, mapping rivers, and climbing volcanoes. The journey led him to a groundbreaking vision of nature and a prediction of human-induced climate change. Doug’s guest is historian Andrea Wulf, whose new book combines biography and science to remember the man she calls the father of the environmental movement….” At the link right-click the play button beside ‘Listen” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Identity Theft 65 mins – “Adam Levin, Chairman and Founder, IDT911; Chairman and Co-founder, Credit.com; Author, Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves In conversation with Michael Finney, Consumer Reporter, “7 On Your Side”, KGO San Francisco With data breaches and identity theft increasingly becoming a fact of life, we need to be more on guard than ever when it comes to money and identity. Adam Levin, a longtime consumer advocate and identity fraud expert, offers his new book Swiped as an essential guide to surviving online security, providing practical information on how to minimize risk, monitor your identity, and manage the damage. Join Levin as he sits down with consumer reporter Michael Finney to discuss a strategy for dealing with identity theft.” At the link right “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigration Reporting 12 mins – “The challenges of covering immigration from the southern borders of the U.S. and the EU are the focus of the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club’s podcast. NPC member Giovanna Dell’Orto, a journalism professor and former Associated Press immigration reporter, talks with International Correspondents Committee chair Molly McCluskey about how media coverage of immigration challenges is often too narrowly focused, and fails to take into account the cultural, political, and economic factors behind mass migration.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Intelligence in Life 46 – “‘Why is the world so beautiful?‘ This is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes, “Science polishes the gift of seeing, indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language.” An expert in moss — a bryologist — she describes mosses as the “coral reefs of the forest.” Her work opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as “inanimate.” She says that as our knowledge about plant life unfolds, human vocabulary and imaginations must adapt.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Inventology 57mins – “We’re talking with the author of a new book on the unlikely ways in which inventors think up groundbreaking ideas. GUEST: Pagan Kennedy, author of the new book “Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World”. She’s the former Innovation columnist for the New York Times Magazine, and is the author of eight other books. She lives outside of Boston.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Investing Strategies P2 38 mins – “This podcast addresses Paul’s updated “Fine Tuning Your Asset Allocation” Table. This table is constructed to help investors determine the right balance of equity and fixed income funds. Paul discusses the risk and return of 11 different combinations of stocks and bonds. As investor expectations can lead to good or bad decisions, Paul tries to prepare investors for the likely over and underperformance these combinations will produce. He hopes that every investor will find the right balance to meet their need for return within their risk tolerance.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jihadist Propagandist 23 mins – “U.S. President Barack Obama stands by the targeted killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. But journalist Scott Shane questions the legality and wisdom of the drone attack assassination that killed the U.S. propagandist working with al-Qaeda.” At the link find the title, “Killing Anwar al-Awlaki made him a better terrorist recruiter, says journalist – March 4, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160304_87097.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kidney Chains 38 mins – “Now and again, Freakonomics Radio puts hat in hand and asks listeners to donate to the public-radio station that produces the show. Why on earth should anyone pay good money for something that can be had for free? Here are a few reasons.” A key segment in the podcast concerns the donation of a kidney and the chain of events such donations produce. At the link find the title, “Ask Not What Your Podcast Can Do for You,” right-click “Media files freakonomics 022416.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.
Korean Paparazzi Impact 37 mins – “In the U.S., paparazzi are pretty much synonymous with invasion of privacy. But today we travel to a place where the prying press create something more like a prison break. K-pop is a global juggernaut – with billions in sales and millions of fans hanging on every note, watching K-pop idols synchronize and strut. And that fame rests on a fantasy, K-pop stars have to be chaste and pure, but also … available. Until recently, Korean music agencies and K-pop fans held their pop stars to a strict set of rules designed to keep that fantasy alive. That is, until Dispatch showed up….” At the link right-click “Download” at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lead Hazards 37 mins – “Flint, Mich., isn’t the only American city with a lead problem. Though the health crisis in Flint has highlighted the use of lead in water pipes, author David Rosner tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that lead, which is a neurotoxin, can be found throughout the U.S. on walls, in soil and in the air. “The problem with lead is that it’s now really everywhere, and we’ve created a terribly toxic environment in all sorts of ways,” he says. Lead is particularly dangerous to young children. In their book, Lead Wars, Rosner and co-author Gerald Markowitz describe the ways in which even small exposures can interfere with a child’s brain development and cause lasting learning challenges….”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lethal Force Use 14 mins – “Incidents of lethal use of force by law enforcement have dominated domestic news in recent months. NPC broadcast committee member Adam Konowe talks with Gary Harris of Meggitt Training Systems, a Georgia-based supplier of weapons training systems for military, law enforcement, federal and commercial applications. Harris, a retired law enforcement officer and current industry expert, explains how police training is created, funded and utilized, as well as the impact of mainstream and citizen journalists on police departments and individual officers.
Limetown Mystery 26 mins – “Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?” at the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar for Episode 1 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Listening Skills 10 mins – “…We don’t listen to body movements or facial expressions. But we would be missing a whole lot of information if we ignored them. Plus, your own body language during conversation communicates a lot, even affecting how well someone tells a story to you. So we took a page from some experts on body language: actors. Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan performs two very different types of characters in the smash hit musical Hamilton. Being able to read and “mirror” the body language of others is one of the keys to Onaodowan’s success on stage — and it also helps him better understand and empathize with people in his everyday life. Fay Simpson teaches movement at the Tisch School’s graduate acting program at NYU. She developed a physical training method for actors called The Lucid Body, and often has her students “mirror” each other as a frequent exercise in the studio. “When you understand body language,” Simpson explains, “you understand the intention of someone, what they want from you….” At the link find the title, “Listen Up! Day 2: Mirror, Mirror,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman111715_cms547943_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Logging Control 43 mins – The U.S. is one of the largest consumers of wood and paper products. Recent investigations into illegal logging in Russia, the Amazon, South East Asia and Africa indicate it’s a widespread and highly lucrative enterprise. It’s also highly destructive – causing the loss of ancient forests and habitats critical to wildlife. And chances are American consumers are unwittingly contributing to the problem. Some environmentalists believe one solution is to track every step of the supply chain to ensure products that make it to the American market come from legal wood. Join guest host Susan Page and her guests as they discuss illegal logging and its impact on wildlife and the environment.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Mental Health Care of Canadian Kids 20 mins – “Many Canadians simply don’t have access to a clinical professional for their kids. Feeling stuck, parents are turning to emergency care for children facing mental health problems and going into debt to pay for help they can’t afford to wait for.” At the link find the title, “Half of all hospital beds in Canada for kids and youth filled to treat mental health – March 3, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160303_60024.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Microphones for Reporters 13 mins – “Far and away the most important piece of equipment for any broadcast journalist is the microphone. Join us for the latest NPC podcast to learn why the omnidirectional has been the field mic of choice for reporters since the 1930s. Microphone expert John Holt joins radio reporter and NPC member Jennifer Strong in New York City to demonstrate a variety of the most used mics in the business under some tough recording conditions, including the main hall of Grand Central Station and the windy New York Harbor. Update-1 is the podcast of the National Press Club. All podcasts are available to the public and can be found under multimedia on the Club website, on iTunes, on Stitcher or on SoundCloud. Podcast information also can be found on the Club’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can comment on any podcast by submitting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Update-1 is a production of the NPC’s Broadcast Committee. It provides a forum for listeners to learn about newsworthy stories, many originating from the National Press Club or involving Club members.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Misconceptions 12 mins – “From popular diets that encourage us to eat like our ancestors to the idea that a man who cheats can blame his behavior on his DNA, misconceptions about evolution abound, argues evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk on the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club podcast. In reality, she says, evolution is not synonymous with progress; it has no goal and no endpoint. Efforts to emulate our ancestors, then, are often misguided, says Zuk, a professor of ecology, evolution and behavior at the University of Minnesota who was in Washington for the American Psychological Association’s annual convention. Zuk is also a writer who has been published in various newspapers and magazines. Her most recent book is “Paleofantasy: What evolution really tells us about Sex, Diet and How We Live.” From The Diet Food We Eat To Why Men Cheat, An Evolutionary Biologist Argues Misconceptions Abound October 7, 2014 Download the mP3
Missing Maura Murray 2 mins – “At 7:35pm, on February 9th, 2004, New Hampshire State Police are called to scene of a single car accident on Rt. 112. It was the intersection of Wild Ammonoosuc Road and Bradley Hill Road where a U-Mass Amherst student named Maura Murray vanished after she apparently lost control of her vehicle after a sharp bend. When authorities arrived not ten minutes later, Maura was gone. There has been no credible sighting of her since. Maura wanted to get away from something in her life, that we know. In the ten years following the accident and her disappearance, a frenzy of theories – from the rational to the extremely far-fetched – surfaced in the online community. Blogs and topic boards have been dedicated to uncovering the mystery but more often than not the rational discussions break down. What was begun by well-intentioned individuals who truly want to contribute in a productive way, ripple-effects into insults, accusations, threats, multiple personalities and condemnable behavior. Our documentary is focused on how this one incident, performed by one young woman trying to figure life out, borne this ripple-effect.” Twenty-four episodes are currently available. At the link for the first brief introduction introduction right-click “Download” and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.
Mojave Phone Booth 20 mins – “Situated in the middle of the Mojave desert, over a dozen miles from the nearest pavement, a lone phone booth sat along a dirt road, just waiting to become an international sensation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Multimedia Journalism 13 mins – “Many major news organizations are trying to increase, and in some case improve, their multimedia journalism ventures. This edition of Update-1 features the panel discussion held recently at the Press Club in which representatives from Reuters, McClatchy and al Jazeera discussed their latest multimedia efforts. Reuters executive digital editor Dan Colarusso (left) talks about Reuters TV,
Nanomaterials and Batteries 26 mins – “Sarah H. Tolbert is Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. She joins us to tell us about her research into building nanoscale materials for use in rapidly-charging batteries. Most cell phone batteries take a few hours to charge. Electric vehicles also take several hours to charge. Tolbert’s research would make it easier for ions to travel through these nano-porous networks to deliver a charge at a significantly faster rate.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Neurosurgeon Story 48 mins – “Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining. The backstory of James Doty’s passions is told in his memoir, Into the Magic Shop. In the summer of 1968, in the throes of a hardscrabble, perilous childhood, he wandered into a magic shop and met a woman named Ruth who taught him what she called “another kind of magic” that freed him from being a victim of the circumstances of his life, and that he now investigates through science.” At the link right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
NSA Activities 64 mins – “General Michael Hayden, Former Director, National Security Agency; Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Author, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror Hon. Ellen Tauscher, Former State Department Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs; Former U.S. Representative (D-CA, 10th District) General Hayden presents an unprecedented high-level master narrative of America’s intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both the CIA and the NSA, at a time of extreme new threats and wrenching change. ..In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, but he offers an unapologetic insider’s look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head on, in the moment. How did American intelligence respond to terrorism, a major war and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years? What was the NSA before 9/11 and how did it change in its aftermath? Why did the NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the acquisition of domestic phone records? What else was set in motion during this period that formed the backdrop for the infamous Snowden revelations in 2013? Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at America’s anti-terror efforts.” At the link right “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Organ Donations 21 mins – “Scientists experimented with skin and organ transplants for a long time before they finally met with success in the mid-20th century. Now surgeons are expert at performing transplants. The only problem? There aren’t enough organs to go around, which creates some serious ethical dilemmas. First, reporter Dalia Mortada takes us to Tel Aviv, Israel, where a dialysis patient waiting for a new kidney is running out of patience. Conflicting religious interpretations have prevented many Israelis from signing up to become organ donors. This has created a serious supply-and-demand problem, leading many desperate patients to the black market. Mortada tells us how this trend is slowly changing and talks to the doctors, rabbis, and bioethicists behind the shift. Then we talk to American bioethicists Art Caplan and Robert Baker about the pitfalls of the U.S. donation system. ‘You sign up when you go to Motor Vehicles,” Caplan says, “which may not be the ultimately wonderful place to make [these] decisions, other than the fact that you may wait there long enough to die there, in which case they can probably get your organs.‘” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Originality 65 mins – “Adam Grant, Wharton Professor; Author, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World; Twitter @AdamMGrant – “Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.” —Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook What does it mean to be original? Using studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt. Grant explores different ways to nurture and encourage originality both personally and professionally. Grant has been recognized as Wharton’s top-rated teacher for four straight years and is one of Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers.” At the link right “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pacific Ocean Warming 42 mins – “Above-average temperatures are being recorded across the Pacific Ocean. Scientists say climate change is likely partly to blame. Yet researchers are still figuring how warming trends unique to this body of water are interacting. The current El Nino could be one of the strongest ever recorded. And scientists say a decades-long cycle of heating and cooling, could be switching to a warming phase. Other climatologists are monitoring a strange zone of warm water off of North America. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: Guest host Indira Lakshmanan talks with a panel of guests about warming in the Pacific Ocean and effects on weather patterns and marine life.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Performance Enhancing Drugs 151 mins – “At the behest of my astute legal counsel, here is a legal disclaimer for this episode: First, I am not recommending, endorsing, or supporting any of the substances or compounds (especially illegal) discussed or described in the interview. I am interviewing Patrick Arnold as a journalist seeking additional information regarding matters of public interest and concern. Second, I have removed some of the names of athletes who are alleged to have used performance enhancing drugs. I recognize that this seems excessive, but even if athletes have been publicly banned for drug usage, unless the ban relates to the specific substance and time period referenced in the podcast, I can be sued for defamation for repeating or publicizing these stories… Patrick Arnold, widely considered “the father of prohormones,” is an organic chemist known for introducing androstenedione (remember Mark McGwire?), 1-Androstenediol (marketed as “1-AD”), and methylhexanamine into the dietary supplement market. He also created the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone, best known as THG and “the clear.” THG, along with two other anabolic steroids that Patrick manufactured (best known: norbolethone), were not banned at the time of their creation. They were hard-to-detect drugs at the heart of the BALCO professional sports doping scandal, which thrust Barry Bonds and others into the spotlight. BALCO distributed these worldwide to world-class athletes in a wide variety of sports, ranging from track and field to professional baseball and football. Recently, Patrick has been innovating in the legal world of ketone supplementation, including breakthroughs in performance and taste with products like KetoForce and KetoCaNa, which were highlighted during my podcast with Dominic D’Agostino, PhD. … In this science-dense conversation, we cover a ton, mostly related to better performance through chemistry. We also discuss Patrick’s biggest successes and mistakes, his path to science, ursolic acid and other clever creations, exogenous ketone supplementation for sports, as well as nonsense in the media about anabolics (e.g. current Delta-2 scandal).” At the link find the title, “The World’s Most Famous Performance-Enhancement Chemist,” right-click “Media files Tim Ferriss Show, Patrick Arnold.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Placebo Response 53 mins – “I have just posted a new interview with Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti, one of the world’s leading researchers of the neurobiology of placebos. Dr. Benedetti emphasized that there is no such thing as THE placebo effect, because there are multiple placebo EFFECTS with widely varying mechanisms. For example, in pain relief there are at least two different mechanisms: one involving endogenous opioids while the other involves endogenous cannaboids (marijuana-like compounds). We also talked about some his latest research into placebo effects in the context of high altitude headaches. Here again, multiple pathways have been discovered. We concluded our conversation with look at some of the ethical issues surrounding the use of placebos.” At the link right-click “Free: audio MP3”
Plasma for Sale 12 mins – “Canada’s first for-profit plasma donor clinic opened last week in Saskatoon. But critics say it could threaten the safety of Canada’s blood supply.” At the link find the title, “No obligation to work with for-profit plasma clinics, says Canadian Blood Services – Feb, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160225_53600.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Podcasting Trends 15 mins – “In this episode of The Struggling Entrepreneur, we explore how the entrepreneur is under attack from automated systems, wizards, templates and programs that compete with the main revenue stream for the business–and some ways where a different business model can help the small business owner to survive. And NOT A SINGLE PORTION OF THIS PODCAST WAS created by any wizard, template or automated “solution” — it was all from the creativity, perspective and passion of the entrepreneur.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pornography Access 53 mins – “..we’re asking the question at the heart of a resolution proposed by Utah Senator Todd Weiler: is pornography a public health crisis? Anti-porn groups point out that we’re not talking about a Playboy centerfold. They say a simple internet search will lead you to free content that’s degrading, violent, and hijacking our sense of healthy sexuality. But others say porn is a symptom, not the cause of anxiety, depression, and shame. Doug is joined by Weiler and others to explore the arguments.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Prediction Failures 44 mins – “Political commentators have repeatedly, reliably, been wrong this election season. There was the improbable Bernie Sanders. The inevitable Jeb Bush. The passing-fad Donald Trump. Now that we’ve landed so far from where we began, we examine why pundits make such bad predictions, and why they probably won’t stop.” At the link find the title, “Predictile Dysfunction,” right-click “Media files otm030416pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Presidential Campaign 17 mins – “The victories of Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary are being hailed as a coup for “outsiders.” But throughout this presidential election season nearly every candidate has presented him or herself as an “outsider.” As it turns out, running for president as an “outsider” is a long held American tradition. Brooke revisits our history of political outsider-ness with the National Education Association’s Erica Seifert and the Washington Post’s Paul Waldman. Want to see and hear the campaign posters and songs described in this segment? Check out our “Brief History of the Political Outsider” page for all of this and more! For more On the Media, follow us on Twitter @OnTheMedia, and subscribe to our newsletter on our website, www.onthemedia.org/newsletter.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Presidential Primaries 43 mins – “Republican primary voters gave businessman Donald Trump another convincing win in the Nevada caucuses yesterday. Democrats go to the polls in South Carolina this weekend. These early contests have awarded just a fraction of the delegates available to candidates. But on March 1, more than two dozen states hold primaries and caucuses with more than fifteen hundred delegates at stake in both parties. Among Republicans, Donald Trump has a big delegate lead while Hillary Clinton tops the Democratic race. Guest host Katty Kay and guests discuss how presidential candidates are shaping their “delegate math” ahead of Super Tuesday and what the path to a nomination looks like in both parties.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Presidential Promises 21 mins – “Today, we bring you the future as dreamt up by presidential candidates. Also: sober economists poking holes in the candidates’ dreams.” Topics include flat tax, infrastructure, taxing investments, and minimum wage. At the link find the title, “#686: If Elected President,” right-click “Media 20160226 pmoney podcast022616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Press Freedom 16 mins – “The National Press Club has taken its fight for press freedom to a new level. In this edition of Update-1, NPC President John Hughes explains to Broadcast Committee Vice Chair Adam Konowe why the club is uniquely positioned to fight for press freedom. Hughes says attacks on the press can impede journalists from getting the necessary information to inform the public and prevent citizens from getting public information from elected officials.” At the link find the title, “NPC Steps Up Its Role in Press Freedom Fight,” right-click “Media files Update 1-Press Freedom Mixdown 1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Psychotherapy History 27 mins – “Claudia Hammond explores Carl Rogers’ revolutionary approach to psychotherapy. Led by the client and not the therapist, his influence can be seen throughout the field today. Claudia meets Rogers’ daughter, Natalie Rogers, who has followed in her father’s footsteps and developed Expressive Arts Person-Centred Therapy and hears more about the man from someone who worked with him; Maureen O’Hara of the National University at La Jolla. Richard McNally of Harvard University and Shirley Reynolds of Surrey University explain how far Rogers’ influence extends today, and Claudia sees this for herself in a consulting room in downtown San Francisco, where she meets Person-Centred psychotherapist, Nina Utigaard. Three Approaches to Psychotherapy (1965): film clips courtesy of Sharon K. Shostrom, Psychological & Educational Films.” At the link right-click “The American Psychologist Carl Rogers,” right-click “Media files p03l8w7v.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Putin 57 mins – “While many observers see Vladimir Putin as a ‘man from nowhere’ without a face, substance, or soul, our guest today argues that he has had a number of personas over time. His public relations team has pitched him as everything from ‘outsider’ to ‘history man’ to suit the historical moment. Understanding these personalties, she argues, is key to making policy decisions about Russia.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugee Response in EU 21 mins – “Thousands of refugees have ended up in makeshift camps in Greece where sickness spreads easily and food is hard to come by. Today we look at the serious consequences of a refugee bottleneck at the Greece-Macedonia border.” At the link find the title, “Refugees in Greek camps trapped in despair as European borders stay closed – March 4, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160304_86186.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sea Level Rise Impact 39 mins – “The cause of global warming may be hotly debated, but rising sea levels are a fact. Vic joins John to talk about how fast it’s happening and how our cities will need to adapt.” At the link right-click “Download it” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Serial Podcast 53 mins – “Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season. Each season, we follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. We won’t know what happens at the end until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we bring you the next chapter in the story, so it’s important to listen to the episodes in order… Serial, like This American Life, is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago.” In the first episode of Season One: “It’s Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he’s innocent – though he can’t exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.” At the linkr ight-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Siege of Moscow 2 44 mins – “Army Group South continues pressing closer towards the Soviet Capital. But General Secretary Stalin and General Zhukov attempt to defy the invaders. They are soon assisted by General Winter. Meanwhile, we catch up with Army Groups North and South, where Stalin has planned counter attacks as he knows the germans are focused on his capital.” At the link find the title, “Episode 156-Stalin Strikes Back,” right-click “Media files Episode156_-_22816_10.02_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Silk Road Revived 47 mins – “Long before Europe was ascendant, before the Americas were even discovered, the Silk Road was the center of the world. From China through Central Asia, Persia and on, this is where the action was. The world’s center of gravity. My guest today, Oxford scholar Peter Frankopan, says the action is moving there again. China is building a new Silk Road. Investing billions. Europe looks in retreat. This hour On Point, the Silk Road view of the world, again.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Single Women 46 mins – “For the first time in history in recent years, single women outnumbered married women in America. Among young adults, their numbers have exploded. Forty six percent of women under 34, now never married. The stigma of “spinster” sounds positively antique. The reality of single ladies has huge new range, from power to poverty. For many, a sense of liberation. And a swelling impact on workplaces, economics, politics. This hour On Point, Rebecca Traister on the rise of the American single woman.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Single Women 46 mins – “Marriage is losing ground in America. According to the U.S. Census, the proportion of married adults dropped from 57 percent in 2000 to 52 percent in 2009. For the first time ever, single adult women outnumber married adult women in the U.S. Rebecca Traister says the declining marriage rates among adult women are less about the institution of marriage and more about the choices available to women today. “The choice not to marry isn’t necessarily a conscious rejection of marriage,” Traister tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “It is [about] the ability to live singly if an appealing marriage option doesn’t come along.” In her new book, All the Single Ladies, Traister draws on historical research, interviews with about 100 women and her own experience to examine how delaying or abstaining from marriage affects women’s lives. She notes that the shift allows women to build up “our economic and professional bases,” which can result in greater autonomy and a more equitable distribution of domestic work in marriage….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Slavery Is Global 48 mins – “Joyce welcomes back, Kevin Bales, world-renowned author, expert on modern slavery, and co-founder of Free the Slaves, the U.S. organization of Anti-Slavery International (the world’s oldest human rights organization). Mr. Bales will discuss the latest information in modern slavery and his new book, “Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Changing the World” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sleeping Sickness Diagnosis 102 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin with guest: Michael Libman. Michael returns to help the TWiP trio solve the case of the Delusional African Expatriate, who then discuss the association of natural and induced antibodies in mice with differential susceptibility to secondary cystic echinococcosis.” The first half of the episode deals with symptoms associated with sleeping sickness and the second half with antibodies and immunity. At the link right-click “Download TWiP #104” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media Convergence Trend 10 mins – “This edition of Update-1 NPC member Stephanie Gailhard interviews Anthony Shop, chief strategy officer and co-founder of Social Driver. The digital agency launches websites and runs social media campaigns. The Agency 100 recognized it as the 7th fastest growing agency in the United States. “In terms of social media we’ve come a long way in a short amount of time,” said Shop. Social media continues to change the marketing landscape. “Marketing used to be about interrupting people. Now because of social media we get most of our information from our friends.” Advertisers are capitalizing on that fact. “One of the biggest social media trends today is the convergence of different media. Paid, shared and owned advertising convergence continues to be dominant and more media is moving in that direction.” Strategies include using amateur photos and videos to grab consumers attention rather than relying on professional ad campaigns as in years past. Shop is also on The National Press Cub Board of Governors. He has helped the club intensify its social media outreach. “We are live tweeting NPC luncheons and it is working. We are seeing growth of our followers and conversations especially around important issues like press freedom.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media P1- Journalist Use 9 mins – “The Increasing Need For Digital Platforms in Journalism January 6, 2016 Update-1 begins 2016 by focusing on social media. In the first of a five-part series, National Press Club Board of Governors member Molly McCluskey discusses the role of digital platforms in journalism with another NPC board member, Evan McMorris-Santoro, the White House reporter for BuzzFeed News. They talk about BuzzFeed’s progression as a journalistic entity, the diversity of news coverage that BuzzFeed and other news organizations provide, and the need for quality journalism regardless which social media platform is used for distribution.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media P2 – Business Side 10 mins – “Update-1 examines the business side of social media and how it applies to journalism in part 2 of a five-part series on social media. Broadcast Committee member Jennifer Strong interviews Scott Talan, an American University social media professor, and Robinson Meyer, an associate editor who covers technology at The Atlantic. Talan says older social networks such as Facebook and Linkedin survive because they understand the need to continuously adapt and improve to make themselves more attractive to users. Meyer has written extensively about Twitter, which he says is losing American users as quickly as it’s gaining them.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media Series P3 – Images 16 mins “In part 3 of the National Press Club’s series on social media, NPC member Shannon Fisher leads us through a roundtable discussion of the use of images in social media. Her guests are Director of Media Entrepreneurship at American University Amy Eisman, Managing Editor of American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop Lynne Perri, and American University Professor of Communication Scott R. Talan, who specializes in public and strategic communication. The panelists discuss our growing visual culture and the effectiveness of certain types of graphics across various social media platforms. Listeners will benefit from this seasoned advice about getting the most from their images, as well as strategies journalists can apply to each social media platform. From tips on design and content to ways to make an image go viral, this podcast gives valuable advice for navigating a world in which posts must catch readers’ attention in a split-second glance.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media Series P4 – Use in Journalism 13 mins – “The Associate Director of Research at the Pew Research Center, Jesse Holcomb, returns to Update-1 to speak with Broadcast Committee member Shannon Fisher in part 4 of the National Press Club’s series on Social Media. The two discuss the role of social media in journalism, exploring the findings of Pew’s State of the News Media and Social Networking reports. Pew’s findings reveal news consumption habits across all social media platforms, as well as the manner in which journalists use these platforms to disseminate news. In the ever-changing social media landscape, with new options appearing daily, you might be surprised by the places readers share and receive the bulk of their information.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media Series P5 – Failure to Use 15 mins – In the fifth and final Update-1 podcast on social media, we examine why some companies haven’t been as successful as they had hoped. Broadcast Committee member Jennifer Strong interviews former New York Times reporter and Columbia University social media professor Sree Sreenivasan about opportunities news organizations are missing to maximize the benefits of social media. Later in the podcast she talks with Huffington Post Senior Technology Editor Alexander Howard about the new redesign for the Google Plus site and its future.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Solar Power Overview 63 mins – “Dan Shugar, CEO, NextTracker Corporation Come hear about the future of the burgeoning solar energy industry from a leader in the field. NextTracker CEO and long-time senior executive in the solar power industry Dan Shugar has spent 28 years advancing renewable energy. As founder and CEO, Shugar has served NexTracker from inception to one of the fastest-growing clean technology companies. As CEO of Solaria Corp., Shugar led the company through a 5-times annual revenue growth over a three-year period. During his leadership as president of SunPower Corp. and president of PowerLight, he oversaw revenue growth from less than $1 million to over $830 million and was responsible for the completion of more than 500 projects serving commercial, industrial and utility clients worldwide. He has invented various PV system applications, holds multiple U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers. Shugar holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University.” At the link right “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Speaking Skills 24 mins – “Michelle Dunn and Larry Harris make an unlikely team. Dunn is an autism researcher and Harris was an offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers – and is now an opera singer… She works with patients who are bright and high-functioning, but often struggle to speak and communicate in an effective tone and cadence. “They speak in a very disfluent way or their voice sounds really unusual and people shut them down right away,” she said… Michelle Dunn and Larry Harris developed a new technique to help people with autism communicate… Together they created lesson plans for the patients that incorporated training vocal cords and breath, which forces a person to stop and organize their thoughts… It’s been two years now since Dunn and Harris started their new technique, which they’ve chronicled in a guide called The Music of Speech… Dunn says their work is not just about training people to speak a certain way to fit in, it’s about helping them feel comfortable enough to live their lives in society at large.” At the link find the title, “When Opera Meets Autism,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman022316_cms577668_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Substance Abuse Workers 57 mins – “As overdose deaths skyrocket, there’s been a statewide call for more access to drug treatment, and more funding for it. But treatment centers are scrambling to find and keep enough trained staff to meet the demand. Chronic issues, such as low pay and bureaucracy add to the burden of helping a patient through recovery.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Supreme Court Operation 45 mins – “A political battle is raging over Justice Scalia’s replacement on the high court. But what does the public really know about how the court operates? We revisit our special hour on the Supreme Court, from the unknowable impact of the decisions to the justices’ peculiar traditions. Plus: how popular culture frames our understanding and the not-so-evolving position on cameras in the courtroom.” At the link find the title, “The Supreme Court, Explained,” right-click “Media files otm021916pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Text Mining 59 mins – “Text mining is beginning to establish its place across the life sciences industry as a way for researchers to quickly analyze massive amounts of literature, as well as conference abstracts, patents and clinical data to help inform and guide R&D. From drug discovery and clinical trial development to drug safety monitoring and competitive intelligence, text mining has many applications for life science companies. At Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Jon Hill, Principal Scientist in Computational Biology, has diligently explored how text mining works in practice. For a recent webinar program with CCC’s Chris Kennneally, the Connecticut-based Hill discussed the application, outcomes and business value of text mining; its impact on early drug discovery; and what the future may hold. He shared insights on the various sources of text-based data as well as the impact of mixing data types.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ultrasound Introduction 15 mins – “Alright, so you’re almost ready to really push for ultrasound integration in your medical school, but you just wish that you could hear from someone who is the dean of a medical school that has done this for years and just happens to have founded an organization dedicated to ultrasound in medical education. Well, we anticipated that you’d desire such a thing and have taken measures. This podcast we have Dean Richard Hoppmann, founder of SUSME, and ultrasound champion on the podcast to discuss. We’ll ask him about his experiences integrating ultrasound into the medical school curriculum in South Carolina….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Undisclosed Podcast 3 mins – “The Undisclosed Podcast is a listening experience that reframes, enhances or otherwise shifts everything you’ve come to know about the State of Maryland’s case against Adnan Syed, especially as you’ve come to know it through listening to Serial [eighteen episodes]. In order to do that, we intend to revisit the case from the beginning, looking at all the available evidence. Not only will we look at the evidence that was presented in Serial, but we will also provide new evidence that we’ve uncovered in our investigation. We have combed through police and court records that the Serial team did not possess during the podcast, and done much, much more to get to the truth. Accordingly, we aspire to present the best possible version of the events as we believe those events to be. We will also present theories that we believe the evidence best construes. Perhaps most importantly, we will provide you with all of our evidence as part of that process….” The link offers access to fifty-seven episodes. The very short preview is the only one offered in the blog archive.
Vanadium 26 mins – “Vanadium is a little-known chemical element and a transition metal. It is also an element that’s currently being tested for use in anti-diabetic agents. Vanadium compounds are shown in clinical trials to normalize blood glucose levels. Debbie Crans, a Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University, will join us to tell us more about this common element which can be found in soils, seeds, water, and even your mug of beer.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wildlife Conservation 25 mins – “A controversial wolf cull under way in B.C. reveals a deep divide between conservation ethics and animal welfare ethics, and within the field of wildlife management.” At the link find the title, “Wolf cull stirs clash of ethics, pitting conservation against animal welfare in B.C. – Feb, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160226_49138.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Witch Trials 53 mins – “ It started in the year 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, during an exceptionally cold winter, when a minister’s daughter began to scream and convulse. Less than a year later, 19 men and women had been executed as a result of the Salem witch trials. In a new book, the writer Stacy Schiff examines what she calls America’s tiny reign of terror, which affected every rung of Salem’s Puritan society. She joins us to explore the events of 1692 and the curious ways they shaped our world today.” At the link right-click the play button beside ‘Listen” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
XFEL Laser 117 mins – “The European XFEL is an x-ray free electron laser currently being built in Hamburg. In this episode we talk with Joachim Schulz about the project itself, the design and construction of the laser and the experiment hall, as well as about some of the science that is expected to be done with XFEL once it is finished.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Zika Viral Memes 10 mins – “A report linking the uptick in microcephaly cases in Brazil to a pesticide — not Zika — makes headlines. Turns out, it’s scientifically baseless. Bob talks with Anna Almendrala, who debunked the story in the Huffington Post, about the interest group behind the report, how Monsanto got thrown into the mix, and why the story is ripe for belief despite clear red flags.For more On the Media, follow us on Twitter @OnTheMedia, and subscribe to our newsletter on our website, http://www.onthemedia.org/newsletter.Ignore That Thing About Zika and Pesticides” At the link find the title, “Listen Up! Day 3: Take a Breather,” right-click “Media files otm021716_cms576272_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Zika Virus Overview 60 mins – “This week we’re focusing in on the Zika virus and the current outbreak to better understand what we know about how its spreading and what the risks are. Meghan Rosen, a staff writer from Science News who has been following the outbreak, talks about where the virus came from, what we know about why it’s spreading, and its connections with microcephaly. Epidemiologist and microbiologist Tara Smith returns to talk us through the current collection of conspiracy theories that have arisen, and about what it will take to develop a new vaccine against a virus like Zika. And we’ll also speak with Dr. Brian Foy of Colorado State University who recorded the first sexual transmission of the Zika virus.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
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